The Covington News - - Opinion -

Our much-be­lea­guered school sys­tem ap­pears to be mak­ing steady progress as East­side and New­ton high schools both saw their av­er­age SAT scores rise in read­ing and math in 2012, though Al­covy un­for­tu­nately saw drops in both ar­eas.

The num­bers are far from per­fect as our av­er­age scores are still be­low state and na­tional av­er­ages. Reach­ing these bench­marks is vi­tal, and we’d love to see sig­nif­i­cant gains im­me­di­ately, but we re­al­ize these things take time and steady im­prove­ment is still a pos­i­tive.

We agree that we can’t stick our head in the sand, but there’s also no rea­son to rashly blast school sys­tem ad­min­is­tra­tors. We have the con­fi­dence that Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews has the best in­ter­ests of students in mind, and we know he’s dili­gently work­ing on steer­ing New­ton to­ward more suc­cess.

It was just a few short years ago that we were re­port­ing the steady de­cline of test scores in the county.

As we have stated here be­fore, it’s ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial that we have a pro­gres­sive school sys­tem that will help us not only pro­duce chil­dren who find suc­cess later in life but also help community lead­ers at­tract qual­ity in­dus­tries to im­prove ev­ery­one’s qual­ity of life.

We con­grat­u­late the teach­ers, students, par­ents and con­cerned community mem­bers who are work­ing hard to see that our school sys­tem re­gains the sta­tus of one of the best in the state.

We need to work even harder as a community to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which are chil­dren ex­cel.

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